17 Years Ago, West Virginia Was Invaded… And It’s About To Happen Again

The pesky, yet somewhat magical, 17-year cicada invasion is set to happen in a few short weeks for parts of West Virginia – and all of neighboring Pennsylvania. There are several broods of the cicada that only emerge once every 17 years in northern states – and they number in the millions! Unlike their green cicada cousin, also commonly referred to as a locust, these dark cicadas from Brood VIII will cover the landscape with color and the air with a song that sounds like an electronic buzz – a never-ending whir of busyness.

When and where can we expect them in West Virginia? We’ll start seeing them by mid-May (usually after a rain) and they’ll stick around wreaking havoc until late June in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. For everyone else, get ready for more cicadas emerging in other parts of the state in 2020 and 2021.